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he introduced to them as his pupille, was quelque
chose de plus; so they go there no more.
All the dead trees in the Tuileries are taken
away, and young ones planted in their place.
M. de Maulde expects to be a deputy, and
would otherwise be employed in the diplomatic
Dr. Gem tells me he has such an idea of
my philosophical love of truth and dignity, that
he was sure I would not have accepted an
Count Benincasa has enclosed to me a heap
of improper letters, which I opened, and found one
full of equivocal, cipherous phrases, cousus de fil
blanc, and another directed to Citoyen Grangibus;
so I made a bonfire of them. Do not say I was
cross; for, voyez-vous, supposing my letters come
unopened, and I were to send them, the person
is taken up, and the papers are found in his
bureau. " How did you come by them ?" "I
received them from le commissionnaire Anglais"
—who sleeps the next night at Chantilly!
To return to Benincasa,1 he has vexed many
people by the ridiculous observations In his book.
i Count Bartholom6o Benincasa, author of a work called
"Les Morlaques," and of other publications of a satirical